12 Volt rotor for small portable antennas

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KK6USY, Feb 24, 2021.

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  1. KK6USY

    KK6USY Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I was out camping I set up a 2m Yagi to get onto a net and it was setup behind my box trasiler. While turning the sound up and running back and forth to tune the station running the net I thought there had to ba better way to do this like I did at my home QTH. A friend built a similar rotor and on my second video I came up with a really easy way to build it. I hope you enjoy the video and it can be of help to you.

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  2. W9WQA

    W9WQA Ham Member QRZ Page

    now you got me thinking. i like fabricating stuff. wanted to do azmuth/elevation.
    thinking of windshield wiper and door window motors for more power huh.
    i just happen to have some junk...
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  3. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great video.

    Is there any way to put a limiter on there to prevent it from rotating 360deg?

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  4. KK4NSF

    KK4NSF Ham Member QRZ Page

    I used a small 12v gearmotor on mine.... and a DPDT switch to reverse the motion. It was cheap from Grainger, and has lasted five or six years with no problems.
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  5. KK6USY

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    I'm sure there is a simple way to do that Chris. When I have some free time I'm going to look into it.
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  6. W9WQA

    W9WQA Ham Member QRZ Page

    359, just add a screw so it hits it...

    and these are gear motors, save junk...!windshield wiper and door window motors
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  7. K0DHO

    K0DHO Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is very neat. What size PVC compression coupling pipe is that? Am guessing the one and a half inch version. Your Amazon link is defaulting to a one inch version.

    Note to all: Cannot see it in the embedded video, but if watching the un-embedded version, original poster has placed bill of materials list in the video description. Link to unembedded version of video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvWvsNbghxM
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  8. KX4M

    KX4M Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    This is really great - thanks for sharing this project!
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  9. WA5KM

    WA5KM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I call it a rotator. Are all the existing units not 12V or 24V ? Cant waste data to watch a video.
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  10. KK6USY

    KK6USY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for the post I used 1".

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